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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 8

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Frank Gore is not No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 8 running back rankings, but he is solidly in the top 10. Gore is fourth in the league in rushing with 547 yards and had two touchdowns last week against Tennessee. The 49ers are in London this week to face a Jacksonville team that is giving up more than 150 yards on the ground per game.

Jamaal Charles gets the nod for the top spot this week because not only is he the top fantasy scorer at his position, he has been remarkably consistent. Charles is averaging 128 total yards per game this season and has yet to post fewer than 100 in any one contest. He has four rushing touchdowns over his last three games, and while Cleveland is a top-10 rushing defense, Charles' versatility makes him hard to contain and pretty much a safe bet for 100+ total yards and between 15-20 fantasy points each week.

Marshawn Lynch also has been pretty reliable lately, averaging more than 20 fantasy points over his last four games. He gets the Monday night spotlight against a Rams team that was already struggling to score points and now is starting its backup quarterback (Kellen Clemens). Lynch could be in for another 20-point outing. Someone who could use a nice game is Adrian Peterson. The reigning MVP has just 90 yards rushing in his last two games combined, as the Vikings have started three different quarterbacks through six games. Peterson enjoyed a bunch of success last season against Green Bay, gaining 508 yards on the ground in three games, but the Packers are third in the league right now in rushing defense (79 ypg). Peterson will more than likely earn every yard he gets on Sunday.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

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2013 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Jamaal Charles

KC

vs. CLE

Can pretty much put him down for 100+ total yards.

2

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at STL (Mon.)

Averaging 92 yards w/ 4 TDs over last 4 games.

3

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. NYG

Has gone over 100 yards rushing once in last 4 G.

4

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

vs. WAS

Redskins allowing second-most fantasy pts. to RBs.

5

Adrian Peterson

MIN

vs. GB

Rushed for 508 yards in 3 G vs. Packers last season.

6

Frank Gore

SF

vs. JAC (London)

Jaguars allowing 150+ yards rushing per game.

7

Reggie Bush

DET

vs. DAL

Cowboys have given up just 3 rushing TDs.

8

Eddie Lacy

GB

at MIN

Expect 20+ carries w/ WR/TE injuries.

9

Alfred Morris

WAS

at DEN

Still 'Skins' lead back, averaging 5.3 ypc.

10

Stevan Ridley

NE

vs. MIA

Reasserting himself as Patriots' lead back.

11

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at OAK

Averaged nearly 5 yards per carry vs. Ravens.

12

Fred Jackson

BUF

at NO

Aggravated knee injury last week vs. Bengals.

13

Darren Sproles

NO

vs. BUF

Bills allowing 124 rushing ypg, but only 2 TDs.

14

Darren McFadden

OAK

vs. PIT

Hopefully bye week allowed hamstring to fully heal.

15

Giovani Bernard

CIN

vs. NYJ

More total touches (12) than BJGE (10) last week.

16

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

at TB (Thurs.)

Bucs ranked third in rushing defense.

17

Joseph Randle

DAL

at DET

Rushed for 65 yards in first career start last week.

18

Zac Stacy

STL

vs. SEA (Mon.)

Could be in line for even more carries post-Bradford.

19

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

vs. SF (London)

49ers have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher.

20

C.J. Spiller

BUF

at NO

Ankle an issue? Season-low 7 total yards vs. CIN.

21

Chris Ivory

NYJ

at CIN

Took over for Powell, finished with 34 att., 104 yds.

22

Lamar Miller

MIA

at NE

Saw only 9 carries compared to 12 for Thomas.

23

Mike James

TB

vs. CAR (Thurs.)

Set to make 1st career start in place of Martin (shoulder).

24

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

at ARI

Only 16 rushing yards, but 2 TD rec. vs. Bucs.

25

Pierre Thomas

NO

vs. BUF

 

26

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

vs. NYJ

Only useful in fantasy if he scores a TD.

27

Rashard Mendenhall

ARI

vs. ATL

Just 22 yards rushing last week, but he did score.

28

Andre Ellington

ARI

vs. ATL

Looking to bounce back after 5 touches vs. SEA.

29

Steven Jackson

ATL

at ARI

May finally be back in action this week.

30

Roy Helu

WAS

at DEN

Scored 3 rushing TDs on 11 carries last week.

31

Willis McGahee

CLE

at KC

Chiefs have given up just two rushing TDs.

32

Brandon Jacobs

NYG

at PHI

Did not play last week because of hamstring.

33

Bilal Powell

NYJ

at CIN

Got only 3 carries vs. NE, while Ivory had 34.

34

Joique Bell

DET

vs. DAL

Playing with bruised ribs, seeing fewer touches.

35

Peyton Hillis

NYG

at PHI

Picked up 36 yards, TD on MNF in Jacobs' absence.

36

Mike Tolbert

CAR

at TB (Thurs.)

Has rushing TD in each of last two games.

37

Brandon Bolden

NE

vs. MIA

Scored rushing TD among 8 carries vs. Jets.

38

Daniel Thomas

MIA

at NE

Nearly doubled rushing total last week w/ 60 yards.

39

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

vs. WAS

Costly fumble vs. Colts may mean fewer opps.

40

Tashard Choice

BUF

at NO

Jackson and Spiller are both banged up.

41

Lance Dunbar

DAL

at DET

Randle not guaranteed starter's workload.

42

Marcel Reece

OAK

vs. PIT

 

43

Kendall Hunter

SF

vs. JAC (London)

 

44

Jason Snelling

ATL

at ARI

Rodgers getting majority of touches.

45

Chris Ogbonnaya

CLE

at KC

Needs consistent touches to have any real value.

46

Bryce Brown

PHI

vs. NYG

 

47

Johnathan Franklin

GB

at MIN

Role could expand given all of the WR/TE injuries.

48

Daryl Richardson

STL

vs. SEA (Mon.)

Stacy clearly the workhorse for Rams now.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 8 Waiver Wire